Tsipras: Extraordinary Congress or intraparty referendum

Tsipras: Extraordinary Congress or intraparty referendum

Athens, July 31, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The convening of an extraordinary Congress in September to answer how will the government and SYRIZA proceed after the intraparty rift, recommended the prime minister Alexis Tsipras in the CC of the party.

If however, the intraparty opposition insists on its request for a decision before the completion of the agreement for the new program and with the obvious intention to cancel it, Tsipras proposed a referendum among party members next Sunday.

The prime minister threw the glove at those who question him, by inviting them to come forward and stating it openly. After pointing out that “there was no better alternative than the compromise we accepted”, he invited whoever believes he could bring a better deal to go ahead and say it.

“If anyone thinks that another government, another prime minister would have done better let him say it from this step. If anyone believes that SYRIZA has abandoned the people let him say it. If anyone believes that SYRIZA should abandon the governance let him say it. If someone believes that the agreement we reached is the worst of the three memoranda let him explain it with arguments”.

Tsipras however raised an issue that everyone would be bound by the decision that will come either by referendum or by the Congress. “Whatever is the decision let us agree with mutual respect and trust that the decisions will be respected and the absurdity of peculiar duality in the PG will stop. It is not possible for some to think that we can proceed forever with the votes of other parties and part of our PG, and keep stating that the agreement is a disaster for the country with the absurdity that they support the government”.

Meanwhile, the prime minister placed everyone before their responsibilities, leaving wide open the possibility of resorting to the polls, saying that the first Left government is “either supported by Left MPs or falls by Left MPs”.

Referring to the agreement with partners he reiterated that there was no better alternative.

“We were forced to take difficult decisions, and we put them before the judgment of the Greek society and the Central Committee. We chose to exhaust every possibility, we reached to the limit of rupture, keeping in mind how to get a better deal, to gain time to regroup and not irreversibly lead the country into an economic disaster. There is currently no better alternative”, he said.

He also noted that the strategic question that must be answered is whether the signing of the agreement will enable the government to continue complying with its programmatic commitments. “The answer I give is that the battle will be tough and continuous. Because the country is still in a condition that has much of its sovereignty removed. It will be a difficult battle, which will depend on the course of the economy and the issue of debt associated with the enforcement of this supervision”, he said.

We need to discuss in an organised and drafted manner, without cries, Tsipras went and added: “there are voices that this agreement completely binds our hands. I have no desire to embellish the situation. Although there are many hard measures, my personal opinion is that there are no fait accompli, and as much a mistake is to beautify the agreement, it is equally wrong to dramatise the situation”. At this point, the prime minister referred to the provision for lower primary surpluses and the conditions that will be created by the debt restructuring, a matter related to the perspective of exiting from the crisis. “We are not discussing whether there will be a restructuring, but in what size and how deep it will be, and whether it will solve the problem of indebtedness”, he said, noting that the government has the possibility to propose a series of equivalent measures.

“At this juncture the radical left must answer whether or not to play a central role in this situation”, the prime minister said, adding that the strategic question is whether there is a role and space for a left government in a neoliberal Europe with the negative correlations that exist.

“In this strategic question, I believe, we must respond positively. Because there is no imaginary way of escaping from these correlations. There is no plan to save us from these correlations, if there is no European plan that aims to change these associations”, Tsipras said and stressed that “the answer to making the country competitive again can’t be neither the internal devaluation nor the monetary devaluation”. He insisted that the issue at hand is what moves should the Left do to change these correlations.